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The Shift Project, one of the major french think tank for the ecological transition, offers concrete solutions to integrate ecological issues to financial education, in partnership with professors and sector experts.
The ecological transition requires massive financing. Regarding mitigation of climate change only, investments required in France amount to 100 billion euros per year by 2030. Financial needs are diverse : industrial processes decarbonization, building insulation, species protection, etc.
Only 5 % of France’s financial trainings include ecological issues : financial actors have a major role to play, but they are not being trained for it.
Financial professionals must understand the physical constraints and their implications for their job. To get there, they need to follow at least 320 hours of trainings for a 5 year postgraduate program. Ecological issues must be integrated in a transverse manner to all courses. Events to raise awareness or a single course on those issues are not enough. All actors, initial and continuous education alike, must be involved in this evolution.